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This year, they didn't just clean up the creek -- they did a lot of new planting, too, near its banks

DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteers helped pull up the Reed Canary Grass which Crystal Springs Creek Partnership Board Member Bob Fedoroff calls the main enemy along the urban stream. All along Johnson Creek, cadres of volunteers were working on Saturday morning, March 7, to improve the area around this urban creek during the 2020 "Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Watershed Wide Event".

One of largest group of volunteers was again from the Crystal Springs Partnership at Westmoreland's Union Manor, beside S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard.

Before heading out to pull out and chop up invasive grass and plants, any volunteers who didn't already know learned that the Crystal Springs Partnership has been involved in the project for seven years.

"Now we're doing more projects along the Crystal Springs Creek, which starts at Reed College and ends up in Johnson Creek, not far from its confluence with the Willamette River," an organizer said.

"This is our 22nd annual Watershed Wide Event – where, every year, hundreds of volunteers come out to help restore the creek, and improve conditions for fish and wildlife along Johnson Creek," remarked JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry as he was planting native flowering bushes. "At all ten sites this year, from Milwaukie to Damascus, we are installing 6,250 plants along the creek, and again this year, we're so happy to have at least a dozen volunteer groups from other organizations joining us."

Find out more about the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, including activities that could be cancelled due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, by going online – www.jcwc.org


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